After rapidly and successfully adjusting to remote operations, talent managers are now looking ahead to what the advancement team of the future looks like. The following offers insights from talent managers at a variety of organizations for how they are weathering the storm. It offers key considerations for planning, recommendations for best practices, and innovative examples from colleges and universities that respond to our teams’ physical, mental, and emotional needs as we transition to new models. The inspiration of this article was the result of a national advancement talent management leaders convening that was co-facilitated by Yvette Marsh, Executive Director of Talent Management, Louisiana State University Foundation and Angelique Grant, Senior Consultant and Vice President at Aspen Leadership Group.
CASE recognized several ALG staff members, advisors, and associates as outstanding faculty and speakers at conferences in 2019 and 2020. Recognition is awarded to faculty who earn average combined scores of 4.5 and above on a 5-point scale on their evaluations for a conference session. We are in great company alongside dozens of our clients and partners – congrats to all!
If you were working remotely before Covid-19, your transition to remote work was probably much easier than your colleagues who had been working at your organization’s home base. Responsibility for communication pre-Covid-19 generally fell to the remote worker. Now that burden has shifted to managers. If you are managing staff then there are new guidelines for managing up, down, and laterally. Your ability to be successful will revolve around how well you communicate, set clear goals and expectations, advocate for and provide the necessary tools for successfully meeting those goals and expectations, and maintain your organization’s culture and your team’s alignment to its mission.
Your ability to quickly reset your organization’s overall financial situation after COVID-19 will likely depend on attracting significant philanthropy. While all arms of your organization will make difficult sacrifices, your advancement team may be key to protecting your organization’s long-term viability, and you must work closely with leadership to assess, rethink, and reset critical staffing decisions.
As colleges and universities continue to work through the acute phase of the coronavirus crisis, Aspen Leadership Group saw a need to reach out to Vice Presidents to talk peer-to-peer and share challenges, successes, and ideas that could be shared more broadly. Don Hasseltine observed four key considerations for other advancement leaders as they enter the next phase of response, and collected innovative ideas to move forward.
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Our Covid-19 Resources page offers the ALG community resources for navigating this difficult time. We have provided briefings on how to embrace donors and volunteers as partners, manage and motivate remote teams, and adapt to new realities for hiring and fostering team culture. Additional resources from the philanthropy sector address fundraising, CARES Act legislation and relief efforts for nonprofits, and recommendations from public health organizations.
In collaboration with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, ALG presents a new whitepaper that reviews research and offers recommendations for leaders to improve diversity and inclusion in advancement.
Regardless of scale of need, every organization will benefit from a thoughtful, inclusive consideration of the board’s collective leadership responsibility.